Tour Overview & Location

If you:

  • like immersing yourself in beautiful New Zealand native forest, abundant with wildlife

  • appreciate seeing amazing rock formations

  • enjoy learning about a working sheep & beef farm

  • are keen on photography

  • would like to hear our first-hand stories about having a blockbuster movie filmed on our property

  • are a fan of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit


Join our personally guided tours through our stunning Mangaotaki Valley farm, near the village of Piopio. 

Just a short drive from the famous Waitomo Caves, our farm has been the backdrop to several TV Commercials and featured extensively in

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”,

receiving the


Enjoy a short drive through farmland before taking an easy walk around the sites Sir Peter Jackson used when filming "The Hobbit".


The tours are fully guided with genuine New Zealand pride - a mixture of fun and fact!

  • Small groups ensure a personalised experience.

  • Walking tracks are well formed gravel tracks over slightly uneven ground. Please wear suitable, comfortable footwear.

  • Tours run in all weather – please bring appropriate clothing (eg. sun hat, raincoat)

  • PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL Check our booking schedule for available days or email us at:


TOUR TIME - 10am

  • Our tour frequencies have changed.

  • We are currently running tours by PRE BOOKING ONLY. 

  • If there are sufficent numbers, a tour will be at 10am (please note our 1pm tour will be suspended for now)

  • Check our booking schedule for available days or email us:

  • Allow at least 1½ hours (90 minutes) for the tour



  • Adult (15 years & over) $70

  • Child* (0-14 years) $40


Under Health & Safety Regulations we ask that you wear your face covering or mask during times that we are closer than 2m, ie in the tour shop & while travelling in the mini-van.

Also we must provide a separate seat for everyone in our van. If you are bringing your baby, please ensure you have a regulation Baby Car Seat.



Tour Office at 1411 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio
We have ample parking and a well appointed merchandise store with extremely clean toilets.




  • Travel on SH3 (State Highway 3) to Piopio

  • Turn onto Kaka Street at the southend of Piopio Village.

  • Turn left off Kaka Street onto Mangaotaki Road.

  • Continue to travel on Mangaotaki Road for 14.11kms to 1411 Mangaotaki Road and the "Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour."  Approximately 15 minutes drive from Piopio.


DRIVING TIMES to "Hairy Feet Waitomo" Tour Office at 1411 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio

  • From Piopio Village: 15 minutes (15 kilometres)

  • From Waitomo Village: 45 minutes (54 kilometres)

  • From Otorohanga: 50 minutes (57 kilometres)

  • From New Plymouth:  2 hours 15 minutes (155 kilometres)

  • From Auckland Airport: 2 hours 45 minutes (223 kilometres)

  • From Hamilton Airport: 1 hour 20 minutes (98 kilometres)

  • From 'Hobbiton' (Matamata): 1 hour 50 minutes (141 kilometres)



At present, we are offering tours by PRE BOOKING ONLY 

Check our booking schedule for available days or email us at:



Please check in at our Tour Office 15 minutes before your departure time (9.45am)  We will depart strictly on time.

  • If you arrive late, you can go on the next tour at no extra charge, providing there are spaces available.

  • If you are unable to go on a later trip there will be no refund.



Any disabilities must be advised for safety reasons and to ensure we can provide you with an enjoyable experience. Hairy Feet Waitomo gravel tracks are not suitable for wheel chair access; however, there may be other options, so please contact us at least 48 hours prior to departure to discuss these.



  • Covid-19:  Please ensure you have your face covering or mask with you, as there will be times that we are closer than 2m, ie in the tour shop & while travelling in the mini-van.

  • Please do not come if you feel unwell.  Phone or email us BEFORE arriving on site.

  • Although every care is taken we can accept no liability for personal injury or property damage.

  • Carry any personal medication with you.

  • Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children.

  • Bring suitable outdoor clothing, footwear and raincoats, if required.

  • Hairy Feet Waitomo reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone under the influence of drugs, alcohol or showing signs of illness/fever.

  • Hairy Feet Waitomo tours and vehicles are Smoke Free areas. There is a designated smoking area outside the Tour Office.

  • This is a working farm and for the safety and wellbeing of the farm animals, no dogs are permitted on the property.



Due to the nature of our business, cancellations affect us greatly.

  • Cancellations more than 24 hours before departure time receive a full refund.

  • Cancellations less than 24 hours before departure time are non-refundable.

Your Guides

Warrick and Suzie Denize are the third generation of the Denize family on this Mangaotaki Valley property near Piopio. ...

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Our Tours

Join our guided tours through the stunning Mangaotaki Valley farm near Piopio featured in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"...

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Fun Facts

Suzie Denize, owner of 'Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour', shares her memories about the preparation and filming...

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PHONE: +64 7 877 8003
ADDRESS: 1411 Mangaotaki Road,RD 1, Piopio 3971, New Zealand